Jennifer Mitchell

News Producer

Jennifer Mitchell studied Music, English and Anthropology at Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio. She has worked as News Director for Peninsula Public Radio in Homer, Alaska, and served as news producer in Bangor for Maine Public Radio in 2004. Most recently, she spent four years working in South Africa as a producer, as well as classical music presenter in Cape Town.

Jennifer is a fan of open source computing, and music of all types, including old Victrola tunes, jazz, folk, world, goth and metal. When not on the air, she can be found researching 19th century social history. Her idea of a good time is several hours in a dank basement looking at old patent applications, newspaper archives, and original recipes for intriguing Victorian delights such as sheep's head soup and shadow potatoes.

Ways to Connect

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For most people, a trip to the vet is as simple as snapping on a leash or popping a cat into a crate, and driving to the clinic. But if you live on an island? Things aren't quite that simple. A basic exam can eat up a whole day - or more - depending on the ferry schedule and the weather. But one vet is trying to ease that burden by taking to the seas with her floating clinic.

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FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine - There are lots of reasons to take a trip to Aroostook County: pretty scenery, poutine - and a side trip to Canada is just minutes away. But for some history buffs, the town of Fort Fairfield is an essential stop for its role in an old border dispute that flared up in the late 1830's. At the center of that conflict stood the town's block house fort. While the original structure was mostly dismantled, the old fort was rebuilt and restored to its original appearance about 40 years ago. It now serves as a museum, detailing two centuries of life along the border.  

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Republican Senator Susan Collins and Democratic Representative Mike Michaud were among those in Lewiston this morning at a rally held in honor of the Maine Army National Guard's 133rd Engineer Battalion and 1035th Survey and Design Team.

The findings of a  federal report suggest that some of Maine's childcare facilities are dropping the ball on health and safety.

Officials are warning shoppers at Shaw's stores throughout Maine and New England,  to check credit card statements carefully, following a data breach earlier this summer at the grocery store chain. 

A bus load of children from New York City is scheduled to arrive in Portland on Monday, where many will experience a  rural summer vacation for the first time. 

Tens of thousands of travelers are expected to journey between Northern Maine, Quebec, and New Brunswick for the 2014 World Acadian Congress.

The gathering of New World French culture starts Friday and border agencies are preparing for the onslaught.

Severe thunderstorms which swept through Southern Maine on Tuesday and Wednesday sent two women to the hospital, felled trees and started fires.

James Brown with the National Weather Service in Gray says although rare, people are struck by lightning, and sometimes killed, every summer. This year, he says, seems to be an especially active year for severe storms.

A Gorham woman is OK with only some blisters on her feet after lightning struck her home and shocked her from where she stood in her bathroom during yesterday's thunderstorms. National Weather Service Meteorlogist James Brown says it's true that lightning can get to you even inside your house.

"You've got wires that come into the house, that are close by the plumbing and they can sometimes be conducted right down the plumbing to a faucet or a bathtub spigot or something like that," Brown says.

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Any ad agency will tell you that to successfully sell a product you need the right face for the job. For Maine potatoes in the mid-20th century, that face belonged to one boy whose wholesome image helped put Maine spuds on plates from here to Florida.  Jennifer Mitchell has the story of this marketing icon and his life after advertising.

FairPoint Communications and the two unions representing more than 1,700 workers across Northern New England have failed to agree on a contract, after months of negotiations which began in April.

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Republican U.S. Senator Susan Collins says the Senate needs to go back to Washington to deal with the crisis of unaccompanied immigrant minors flooding over the country's  southern border.

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More than 6,000 runners and volunteers took part in the annual TD Beach to Beacon 10K road race in Cape Elizabeth Saturday.

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud says he's pleased that House members reached across the aisle to negotiate and pass a bipartisan Veterans Administration conference report on Wednesday.

"We have heard from veterans, their families, VA employees, veterans service organizations about what is and what isn't working within the Department of Veterans Affairs," Michaud says.

ConAgra Grocery Products Co. LLC, a food giant that includes a wide range of products such as Chef Boyardee and Swiss Miss, is on the hook for environmental cleanup costs in South Paris.

ConAgra will pay the Environmental Protection Agency $5.7 million for efforts to remediate the old A.C. Lawrence Leather site in South Paris. Federal regulators say ConAgra is the successor to the defunct tannery through a complex series of corporate mergers.